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Southwest Mobile Storage - Best Mobile Storage & Office Containers In La Jolla, CA

Southwest Mobile Storage is a family-owned shipping container business founded in 1995. Our strength for more than 25 years comes from the specialized knowledge and passion of our people, along with serving over 24,000 commercial, construction and residential customers. Our facility and expertise in maintaining, manufacturing, and delivering corrugated steel containers is unrivaled in the industry.

While the rental side of our business is regional with branches throughout the Southwest, our container sales and modification operations are nationwide and becoming global. La Jolla, CA offers a wide selection of portable offices and mobile storage containers you can rent, buy or modify.

Our experts in container rental, sales and customization are committed to providing you the highest quality and best experience from service to delivery - our reputation depends on it.

Whether your need is for storage, office space, moving, multi-purpose or custom use, we've got your back. Here's how:

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We bring your storage container to you for convenient, easy access at your home, business or jobsite. Plus, you'll get more choice in storage space and better security, for a fraction of the cost of a pod or add on building, saving money and energy.


Not enough room to keep a storage container at your business, home or construction site? No problem - we can store it for you. Plus, you get 70% more space and better security, for a fraction of the cost of public storage units.


Need a permanent storage solution for your business, residence or construction? We sell new and used shipping containers in many sizes with a variety of add-ons. Or customize a container to your specific storage needs with our certified fabrication experts.


Take your time packing with our moving containers. We'll deliver to your business or home and pick it up whenever you're ready to move. So, you don't have to stress about moving or making multiple trips in one day, like if you rented a moving truck.


Our moving container solutions ensure the long-distance move of your home or business is highly efficient and affordable throughout the southwest. In fact, we usually cost 20%-40% less than full-service movers.


We understand move-in and move-out dates might be different. We can store your moving container at our highly secure facilities until you're ready to move to your new home or business location, and you can conveniently access it at any time.


Whether you need a workspace, conference room, or other office requirement, our ground-mounted mobile offices meet any and all of your business needs. Plus, it's faster and easier than building additions.


If you need your shipping container to serve multiple uses, such as office-storage combos, breakrooms and even utilities, we've got you covered. We'll modify a custom container to fit your business needs and bring your business to the next level


We'll create a custom container to fit your unique needs anywhere in the US. With our container modification expertise, we make any idea a reality. From pop-up stores to multi-story structures, our unrivaled facilities and fabrication experts do it all.

You'll get your own dedicated storage and container expert to serve as your one point of contact for easy, convenient service you can trust.
With our wide selection of intermodal containers for sale and rent, you'll find exactly what you need, from size, to type and condition.
We maintain our rental fleet to the highest standard - our integrity depends on it.
Our certified, experienced Conex container modification experts have more than 500 years combined experience modifying ISO containers.
All of our containers come with high security dual-locking system for no additional charge, so you can rest assured your stored items stay safe and that you don't have to pay extra for it.
At our unrivaled 90,000 sq ft indoor fabrication facility, ensuring your custom shipping container is made exactly to your specifications.
With our level of service, quality and expertise, you won't find a better value anywhere else.
Our portable offices include lighting and electrical outlets, internet hookups, HVAC and were crafted by our in-house steel container fabrication experts for top-quality construction.

Premium Quality - High Security

With Southwest Mobile Storage, you get much more than a POD or typical Conex box. You also get high security, unparalleled service and unmatched container modification expertise and facilities. No other company offers that much.

Shipping containers and storage containers come in a range of sizes. The most common external lengths are 20ft and 40ft with a width of 8ft. ISO Containers are typically 8ft 6in tall, but high cube containers are 9ft 6in tall. We also have steel containers in a variety of sizes from 10ft long to 45ft long to rent or buy, and we can modify shipping containers into any size you want.

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SMS Mobile Storage Containers have these high quality features:

1/8" thick steel plate bottom side rails
High strength steel supporting cross members
1 1/8" thick hardwood floor with galvanized self-tapping screws
16-gauge corrugated steel walls
16-gauge roof
270-degree swing cargo door(s)
High security dual-locking system*
Spot-grinded, primed & repainted with a beige high-grade water reducible alkyd direct-to-metal enamel*
* Comes standard on all rental units

SMS portable workspace containers have these structural features:

High security window bars, lever & deadbolt set with lock box
Studs & R-19 Insulation covered with wood paneling
1 1/8" marine board floor is covered with a durable single part gray epoxy coating
Dual pane low-E horizontal sliding windows with screens and miniblinds
18 Gauge steel polystyrene core 3-hour fire rated personnel door
All of our workspaces are refurbished grade or better
Exterior load center operating on 100 Amp single phase 230 Volt power
Light switch, receptacles and 4' light fixtures; all wiring is Romex 12/2
CAT-6 voice and data lines with electrical junction box
HVAC units ranging from 1 ton to 2 ton on rentals; ability to customize up to 10 tons of cooling

Having flexible storage containers options is important, but security is crucial to protect your peace of mind and your possessions.

At Southwest Mobile Storage, we don't believe in leaving things to chance. We want you to rest easy knowing your inventory, documents, tools, equipment and other items are safe 24/7. That is why we equip SMS high-security slide bolt locking systems and lockboxes on our entire fleet of rental freight containers.


High-security slide-bolt locking system and extra-long lock box, giving you twice the security and peace of mind.
No holes to ensure your rental shipping container is wind and water-tight.
No rust for your safety.
14-gauge corrugated steel for strength and reinforcement.

Contact us to speak with a helpful, friendly representative to better understand our full range of capabilities. We are happy to answer any questions you have, go over pricing and set up a time and place to deliver your Conex box. Our quotes are 100% free and you are under no obligation to pay for your consultation.


When you own a business or manage one, it's crucial to have efficient, affordable ways to store inventory and supplies, whether it's to grow your business or adapt to changes in the market, like the many caused by the pandemic.

Renting storage containers to keep at your business eliminates the cost and hassles of sending your staff to offsite storage facilities. Steel containers with roll up doors make storing and retrieving items faster and easier. Auto repair shops and other businesses that need easy access throughout the workday to secure storage for tools, parts, equipment or supplies find renting shipping containers to be the best solution for their business storage needs. Southwest Mobile Storage has your back.

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Renting portable offices gives your business more workspace, breakrooms, pop up stores, security booths and more, without the cost and red tape associated with constructing building additions. Plus, a steel storage container fits neatly into one parking space and provides much stronger security than Pods and way more convenience than self-storage units.

If you have a specific need, we can modify shipping containers to build whatever you need to grow your business. Whether it's a portable workspace to run your business, like a pop-up container bar, or a durable facility for scientific research, like a container laboratory, or even a container gym, our unrivaled fabrication facility and modification experts got you covered. Our full-time, in-house staff of certified welders, engineers, electricians, carpenters and painters have over 500 years combined experience modifying thousands of container projects for just about any business use you can imagine.


Offsite storage alternatives cause a mess of hassles and headaches. Expanding office space and storage capacity at your location saves time, money and hassle of making multiple trips offsite.
We offer more choice in security, size and features in steel Conex boxes or ISO shipping containers than a public storage unit or Pod for less cost and far greater service.
We offer flexible, month-to-month rental agreements and prorate by the day after your first 28-day billing cycle.
With us, you get a dedicated account manager you can rely on, so you can focus on running your business than waste time with a different person every time you call that doesn't know or care as much.
While other companies may have some staff for modifying containers, most outsource the work, so you don't know who is actually doing the modifications or how much they're marking up the price.
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When you modify a shipping container for your business, you won't have to worry about expensive, lengthy and complicated construction.
We have modified thousands of containers nationwide and internationally for more than 25 years for NASA, US Navy, GCP Applied Technologies, Helix and Sundt to name a few. And rent containers to Amazon, Walmart and many of other nationally recognized brands.
Our extensive staff makes it possible to custom build multiple projects simultaneously and our 90,000 sq ft indoor fabrication facility prevents contaminants from interfering with fabrication, which delivers better quality and precision.


Building additions to your home can be very expensive and requires going through the hassle of securing permits and waiting for construction. You can save money, time and stress by modifying a shipping container instead. Whether you need additional space for a home gym, recreation or storage, we can convert steel containers into anything you can imagine. Our custom container gyms, man-caves or she-sheds, garages and more give you the extra space you need without the hassle, cost and wait that comes with home renovation.

Renting shipping containers for temporary storage, either when moving or dealing with restoration from a fire or flood, provides a secure, convenient way to keep your belongings close for accessing them whenever you need to. Plus, renting mobile storage containers for moving costs less than traditional movers and allows you to take your time packing, reducing the stress that comes from moving. You can also rent portable offices for your home to make working remotely distraction-free.

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With an extensive in-house staff and 90,000 sq ft container modification facility, we're able to deliver consistently high quality and work on multiple projects simultaneously for a fast turnaround.

Other companies don't have the facility, staff or resources to modify shipping containers and will outsource the work to various shops who may not have the special experience or tools needed to modify the right way.

You can rest assured knowing your custom container is safe in our hands. Our certified weld and quality control inspectors ensure everything is structurally sound and built to your specifications through every step of the process.

Renting a moving container from us makes your move much less stressful because you won't have to rush to pack your whole house into a moving truck in one day. Instead, you can take your time packing over the course of a month.

Our ISO shipping containers are weatherproof and come with vault-like security, so you don't have to worry about theft or damage to your belongings.

You won't get that level of security from U-Haul or other moving truck companies.

Renting a storage container at your home keeps your belongings close and gives you convenient 24/7 access, so you're always able to retrieve the contents of your container when you need to.

We know move in and move out dates don't always line up. We can store your packed rental container at our secure facility until your new home is ready.

With our mobile storage containers for rent in La Jolla, CA, you can save up to 40% when compared to full-service long-distance movers, while gaining more flexibility in your schedule.


We know your needs may change suddenly. With our extensive inventory and variety of sizes of portable offices and shipping containers to rent, buy or modify in La Jolla, CA, we provide fast service and the best value possible so it's easy for you to get whatever you need when you need it.

Renting storage containers and portable offices from us gives you more flexibility when it comes to your schedule and options. If you don't have enough space at your current location or simply would prefer offsite storage, you can keep your rental storage and office containers at your location or ours - whichever is most convenient for you. You also get more options to choose from when it comes to size and features, like portable offices with divided rooms for private meetings or office/storage combos for storage and office space in one container. All while costing a fraction of the price of a pod or self-storage facility.

You can also buy new or used freight containers from us and choose from a variety of add-ons, including lights, electricity, doors and windows. Or fully customize a shipping container to save time, money and energy by skipping the expensive, lengthy process of constructing building additions. We can modify a Conex box into whatever you can imagine for any use you need, from construction tool cribs to office buildings, monitoring stations, mobile communication towers and much more. The possibilities are endless.


You'll never face hidden fees or surprises with us. We give you transparent billing up front at the best prices.

With us, you get a reliable, dedicated point of contact, who keeps you updated every step of the way. You can rest assured knowing you'll always get what you need, when you need it.

No other company has the breadth and depth of staff and experience that we do when it comes to modifying shipping containers. Our certified welders, engineers, electricians, plumbers, carpenters and painters have more than 500 years of combined experience in fabricating custom steel containers.

We prorate your rent by the day after the first 28-day billing cycle, so you don't have to pay for a full month when you only have your mobile containers and offices for a few days.

While other companies may be able to do small container modifications, most don't have an in-house fabrication staff or 90,000 sq ft fabrication facility like we do. As a result, they outsource the work on your custom container, so you don't know who's actually building it.

Rest assured knowing your modified shipping container will be built to the highest quality standards. Our certified weld and quality control inspectors check every step of the fabrication process to ensure everything is structurally sound and built to your specifications.


Whether you're in need of a storage container for your commercial business, a portable office for your construction site, or a moving container for your home, our process is simple and straightforward.

Choose Your Container

Choose the mobile storage solution that works best for your needs. In this step, you will let us know the number of containers you need, their sizes and what types of doors to equip.

Choose Your Options

Let us know if you would like to add any of our rental options, like a folding table or shelving.

Choose Your Security

Choose from padlocks, puck locks and other enhanced security options. All of our storage containers come standard with dual-locking, vault-like security.

Choose Your Delivery Timeframe

You can expect standard delivery within 3-5 days of your order. If you need expedited delivery, we will do everything in our power to accommodate your needs.

Pick-Up Planning

Do you need to keep your shipping container at our location? Prefer to have our team deliver your packed container to a location of your choice? Let us know, and we'll be by your side to work out the logistics.




Let our team know where we should deliver your mobile storage container for rent in La Jolla, CA. Be sure to let us know if there are any special conditions that might prevent our drivers from entering your chosen destination. Before you schedule your delivery, let us know which direction you would like the doors of your container to face.



Our drivers can deliver your storage container Monday-Friday, between the hours of 6AM and 2PM local time. Our two-hour delivery window is the most precise in the industry. If you desire another delivery time outside of our standard delivery options, we will do our best to accommodate your needs. As a courtesy, our driver will call you at least 30 minutes before they arrive at your drop-off destination.



Before we deliver your Conex box, prepare your delivery area by ensuring that there are no low overhangs, arches, wires, trees or any other obstacles that could interfere with your delivery. It's a good idea to mark the space where you would like your steel container placed.



When our driver arrives, they will back our truck into the space where you would like your shipping container placed. Once we arrive, we will ensure that your container is delivered safely and securely. If placed on asphalt or pavement, we will use wood dunnage pads to make sure your ground surface is protected and the container is level.


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Latest News in La Jolla, CA

La Jolla Hospitals Among Safest Hospitals In CA: Report

The Leapfrog Group graded hospitals based on more than 30 measures of patient safety. See how La Jolla hospitals fared.SAN DIEGO, CA — Fourteen hospitals in the San Diego area, including three in La Jolla, received top marks in the Spring 2022 Hospital Safety Grades report released Tuesday by The Leapfrog Group, an independent nonprofit health care watchdog group.The latest ratings reflect care during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Leapfrog G...

The Leapfrog Group graded hospitals based on more than 30 measures of patient safety. See how La Jolla hospitals fared.

SAN DIEGO, CA — Fourteen hospitals in the San Diego area, including three in La Jolla, received top marks in the Spring 2022 Hospital Safety Grades report released Tuesday by The Leapfrog Group, an independent nonprofit health care watchdog group.

The latest ratings reflect care during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Leapfrog Group said its and other groups' research showed the pandemic reversed years of progress in patient safety.

The pandemic has had a negative effect on "health care delivery at every level and setting, from staffing shortages to increased infections to the very care patients receive," according to the Patient Experience During the Pandemic: Adult Inpatient Care report, also released Tuesday by The Leapfrog Group.

"The health care workforce has faced unprecedented levels of pressure during the pandemic, and as a result, patients' experience with their care appears to have suffered," Leapfrog Group president and CEO Leah Binder said in a news release. "We commend the workforce for their heroic efforts these past few years and now strongly urge hospital leadership to recommit to improved care — from communication to responsiveness — and get back on track with patient safety outcomes."

In California, 91 hospitals received an "A" grade, 58 hospitals received a "B" grade, 107 hospitals received a "C" grade and 19 hospitals received a "D" grade. Five hospitals received an "F" grade. In San Diego County, 14 hospitals received an "A" grade, two hospitals received a "B" grade and two hospitals received a "C" grade. No hospitals received a "D" or "F" grade.

Here are the San Diego area rankings, according to Leapfrog:




The letter grades assigned to nearly 3,000 U.S. general hospitals were based on more than 30 measures of patient safety. Leapfrog says its hospital rating system is the only one in the country focusing solely on a hospital's ability to protect patients from preventable errors, accidents, injuries and infections.

Included in the 30 are five that research has shown to directly affect patient outcomes, but can be improved with greater communication between caregivers and patients — the number of central line-associated bloodstream infections, catheter-associated urinary tract infections, infections from colon surgery, MRSA (Staphylococcus) blood laboratory-identified events, and facility-wide inpatient diarrhea events.

When there's communication about medications, for example, that can lead to fewer hospitalizations for conditions such as sepsis and blood clots, fewer complications, and decreases in the incidence of respiratory failure, Leapfrog said.

Among the findings:

To determine each hospital's grade, a panel of medical experts selected 30 evidence-based measures of patient safety such as postoperative sepsis, blood leakage and kidney injury. They then determined the weight of each measure based on evidence, opportunity for improvement and patient impact.

Data on each measure was collected through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Information from the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, available to all hospitals to complete, also affects grades.

Currently, Leapfrog does not assign grades to military or Veterans Administration hospitals, critical access hospitals, specialty hospitals, children's hospitals or outpatient surgery centers.

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade methodology has been peer-reviewed and published in the Journal of Patient Safety.

The full methodology for the 2022 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is available online.

Best Bets: A quick guide to online and in-person entertainment and experiences

The La Jolla Light presents this continuing series of online activities to undertake on your computer or tablet, as well as local in-person events.Lectures & learning• Second Saturday presents a Q&A on divorce at 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, at La Jolla Christian Fellowship, 627 Genter St. The panel will include divorce professionals such as attorneys, financial and real estate specialists and La Jolla certified divorce coach India Kern. $10. ...

The La Jolla Light presents this continuing series of online activities to undertake on your computer or tablet, as well as local in-person events.

Lectures & learning

• Second Saturday presents a Q&A on divorce at 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, at La Jolla Christian Fellowship, 627 Genter St. The panel will include divorce professionals such as attorneys, financial and real estate specialists and La Jolla certified divorce coach India Kern. $10.

• The La Jolla Community Center presents “Growing Cacti and Succulents 101” at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 18, online. Jennifer Greene, board member of the San Diego Cactus & Succulent Society, will speak. Free.

• UC San Diego’s Design Lab and California 100 present “Future Prospects in Health Equity and Tech Innovation” at 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, online and at the UCSD Design & Innovation Building, Room 202, Matthews Lane and Voight Drive, La Jolla. The lecture, part of the “Designing California’s Future” series, will feature a panel of industry leaders. Free.

• The Institute of the Americas presents “USMCA & the Future of Mexican Economic Competitiveness” at 6 p.m. Monday, May 23, at 10111 N. Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla. Luis de la Calle, managing director and founding partner at De la Calle, Madrazo, Mancera, former undersecretary for international trade negotiations at Mexico’s Ministry of Economy and former minister of trade issues at the Mexican Embassy in Washington, D.C., will present. Free. Registration is required.

• The Pen to Paper writing class is held at 1 p.m. Thursdays at the La Jolla/Riford Library, 7555 Draper Ave. The weekly class is open to writers 18 and older of all experience levels. Free. (858) 552-1657

Families & children

• The La Jolla/Riford Library presents “Art Class with Mel” at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 14, at 7555 Draper Ave. Artist Mel Clarkston will lead the monthly class, teaching different art techniques and projects. The program, funded by the nonprofit Friends of the La Jolla Library, is intended for children of all ages and their caregivers. Supplies are provided. Free. Registration is required.

Health & fitness

• Buddhi Yoga presents “Full Moon Cacao Ceremony with Kelly Collins” at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 13, at 7843 Girard Ave., La Jolla. $45.

• The La Jolla Woman’s Club presents “Gentle Yoga” at 11:30 a.m. Thursdays at 7791 Draper Ave. The weekly class is for all levels and open to the public. $15.

Arts & culture

• The La Jolla Historical Society presents its Secret Garden Tour on Saturday, May 14, at various locations in La Jolla. A Secret Garden Boutique will be offered at Wisteria Cottage, 780 Prospect St., with gardening accessories, plants and gifts for purchase. Tours are $50 in advance and $60 the day of the tour ($40 for Historical Society members). A Platinum Tour is available for $150 ($140 for Historical Society members). Visit and click on “Events.”

• Adventures by the Book presents “Mustique Island: A Virtual Zoom Adventure” at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 14, online. Author Sarah McCoy will discuss her new novel, “Mustique Island,” with author Kate Quinn. $5 and up.

• La Jolla United Methodist Church presents its annual spring concert “Songs of Praise and Promise” at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 15, at 6063 La Jolla Blvd. The concert will feature the Chancel and Dorian bell choirs, soloists and a string ensemble. Free.

• Le Salon de Musiques presents “Purely Romantic” at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 15, at the La Jolla Woman’s Club, 7791 Draper Ave. The program will feature works by Robert Schumann, Camillo Schumann and Max Bruch performed by violinists Ambroise Aubrun and Benjamin Hoffman, viola player Andrew Picken, cellist Juliette Herlin and pianist Zachary Deak. $95.

• Pianist Rossina Grieco will perform a solo concert at noon Monday, May 16, at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St., La Jolla. Free. No reservations or tickets are required, though donations are welcome. Seating is first-come, first-served.

• Warwick’s bookstore presents author Natalie Jenner at 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, online. Jenner will discuss her new book, “Bloomsbury Girls.” Free.

• The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library presents collective jazz band George Garzone, Peter Erskine, Alan Pasqua and Darek Oles at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, at 1008 Wall St., La Jolla. $40 for Athenaeum members; $45 for non-members.

• The La Jolla Music Society presents pianist Roberto Fonseca at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 19, at 7600 Fay Ave. The concert will honor Fonseca’s Afro-Cuban roots while embracing modern music. $83.

• Quint Gallery presents “Bounteous: A Group Exhibition” through Saturday, May 21, at 7655 and 7722 Girard Ave., La Jolla. The exhibit features many of the artists Quint Gallery has exhibited over the years, with styles including California light and space, abstraction, photography, drawing and sculpture. Free.

• Vanguard Culture presents “An Artist @ the Table” at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 28, at a private residence in La Jolla. The event will feature a five-course menu by chef Ron Oliver and private tours of the world’s largest collection of African and Oceanic art. $375.

• BFree Studio presents “ReBirth Eternal” through Sunday, May 29, at 7857 Girard Ave., La Jolla. The exhibit features works by multidisciplinary street artist, photographer, writer and filmmaker TrustyScribe. Free.

• The La Jolla Community Center and La Jolla Art Association present an art exhibition through May at 6811 La Jolla Blvd. The exhibit includes works by artists Beverly Brock, Ann Chaitin, Sharon Hinkley, Daniel Kilgore, Ralph Kingery, Dana Levine, Sherry Roper, Vita Sorrentino, Dottie Stanley and Minnie Valero. Free.

• The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library presents “Timeless: Black & White Portraits of Joan Agajanian Quinn” through Saturday, June 4, at 1008 Wall St., La Jolla. The exhibit features a selection of portraits of journalist and art collector Quinn. Free.

• UC San Diego’s Gallery QI presents the exhibit “#RetroColectiva” through Thursday, June 23, at Atkinson Hall, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla. The collection of works by UCSD Visual Arts Department Chairman Ricardo Dominguez draws on initiatives and art at the intersection of technology, political activism and critical theory. Free. Email

• Tasende Gallery presents the exhibition “Mark di Suvero” through Saturday, June 25, at 820 Prospect St., La Jolla. The exhibit includes steel sculptures and drawings. Free.

Galas & events

• The Grill at Torrey Pines presents “Playing with Fire” beginning at 5:30 p.m. Monday, May 16, at 11480 N. Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla. The monthly outdoor grilling series by executive chef Kelli Crosson and chef de cuisine Paul Arias will start with chef Eric Gallerstein (Mastiff Sausage Co.) and The Lost Abbey Brewing Co. and feature different local chefs and breweries each session. $95.

• The Adaptive Sports and Recreation Association presents a “Junior Adaptive Sports Camp Fundraiser” at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 19, at 2665 Caminito Merion, La Jolla. The event will include burgers, brews, a silent auction and wheelchair sports demonstrations to raise money for an annual summer camp for local children with disabilities. $20 suggested donation. RSVP to Jennifer Koetting at

Do you have an event — online or in person — that you’d like to see here? Email your leads to

Guest commentary: Environmental report at Point La Jolla and access to Boomer Beach are essential

Ocean Access Advocates were disappointed but not surprised by the vote of the California Coastal Commission on April 8 (“Coastal Commission OKs six-month seasonal closure of Point La Jolla and includes most of Boomer Beach,” April 14, La Jolla Light).The lobbyists of the Sierra Club and Seal Society did a great job commu...

Ocean Access Advocates were disappointed but not surprised by the vote of the California Coastal Commission on April 8 (“Coastal Commission OKs six-month seasonal closure of Point La Jolla and includes most of Boomer Beach,” April 14, La Jolla Light).

The lobbyists of the Sierra Club and Seal Society did a great job communicating their sea lion safety concerns to the city of San Diego and the CCC over the past year. Our independent, unfunded voices of the Ocean Access Advocates were supported by the La Jolla Community Planning Association and La Jolla Park & Beaches, both of which overwhelmingly endorsed our proposal to preserve human access to Boomer Beach and the No Mans ocean access entry point.

We respectfully disagree with the Surfrider Foundation’s support of the Seal Society despite Surfrider’s fundamental value of “fighting to ensure full and fair beach access for all to enjoy.” Beach access should be a priority for the Surfrider Foundation, whether with a surfboard or without — bodysurfing. Boomer Beach is the only year-round protected bodysurfing beach (no flotation devices allowed) in all of California.

The La Jolla community groups also overwhelmingly supported the OAA proposal for an environmental impact report, to be commissioned by the city, to study the impacts of La Jolla’s California sea lion colony on the air, water and land environments of La Jolla.

We understand the current issues of tourists and selfies with sea lions. We will support the city’s coastal development permit for a seasonal closure of Point La Jolla for 2022, but we do not support closing safe access to Boomer Beach and No Mans. OAA and La Jolla community groups request that the CDP be revisited in 2023 and that an EIR be commissioned by the city as soon as possible.

OAAs care deeply about the environment, fish, invertebrates, kelp, sharks and marine mammals we swim with. The local marine environment is being polluted with the equivalent of 500 to 800 gallons of raw sewage daily from the California sea lion colony in La Jolla.

The long-term governmental protections of sea lions and other pinnipeds, along with SeaWorld’s rescue and release program in our local waters, has impacted the populations both of pinnipeds and their primary predator, great white sharks. Both of these species have increased in population beyond their historical carrying capacities. This is why we see California sea lions on the La Jolla shore and great white sharks all along our coastline, when historically we have not seen these species in such great numbers.

An EIR to study the water quality, tide pools, land impacts and air quality is a condition of approval the California Coastal Commission should have placed on the Point La Jolla CDP application. OAA has requested an EIR for all of Ellen Browning Scripps Park land and water environments. The city of San Diego and the CCC have not responded to our requests for an EIR.

An environmental impact analysis should begin ASAP to better understand the impacts on the marine ecosystem of the growing California sea lion colony in La Jolla.

Point La Jolla and the bluffs below Brockton Villa show daily evidence of the pollution and toxic waste that the sea lions bring to our shores and local waters. The now five years of birthing and pupping activities that the city has allowed to develop in La Jolla is not without negative impacts and sights for local tourists. The large slippery rocks that make up Boomer Beach are only periodically covered with sand that may provide a viable surface for birthing sea lion pups.

OAA respectfully disagrees with the Seal Society assertion that 40 percent of the sea lion births in La Jolla occur on Boomer Beach. The rock shelves of Point La Jolla and the bluffs of Razor Reef below Brockton Villa provide flat surfaces that are more heavily utilized for pup birthing than the large rocks of Boomer Beach, which are typically quite slippery and uneven. Newborn pups can easily be trapped in the deep crevices of these rocks.

The Seal Society prioritizes pinniped safety and sanctuary over human access to our coast. This ideal should be in conflict with the Coastal Commission’s historical mission of preservation of public access to our coast. We now seem to be in a new era of animals being favored over humans and the environment.

Kelly O’Sullivan, Dr. George Chiang, Ken Hunrichs and Kurt Hoffman are members of Ocean Access Advocates.

Cormorant Boutique Hotel Opens in La Jolla, CA

The 26-room Cormorant Boutique Hotel opened yesterday in La Jolla, Calif. Named after the area's famed Cormorant birds and influenced by the beauty of the seaside town, the contemporary hotel features coastal-inspired guestrooms with private balconies, panoramic Pacific Ocean views and La Jolla's newest rooftop bar and lounge, Birdseye."We are excited to welcome guests to San Diego's newest boutique hotel," said general manager David Vecchione. "Our hotel offers effortless elegance with comforts and activities of the ba...

The 26-room Cormorant Boutique Hotel opened yesterday in La Jolla, Calif. Named after the area's famed Cormorant birds and influenced by the beauty of the seaside town, the contemporary hotel features coastal-inspired guestrooms with private balconies, panoramic Pacific Ocean views and La Jolla's newest rooftop bar and lounge, Birdseye.

"We are excited to welcome guests to San Diego's newest boutique hotel," said general manager David Vecchione. "Our hotel offers effortless elegance with comforts and activities of the barefoot-chic San Diego lifestyle and will serve as a relaxing escape for out-of-town guests and locals alike."

Acquired by San Diego–based Oceanic Enterprises in 2016, the upscale property has undergone an extensive renovation and rebranding with design led by Greenwood & Black. Combining classic midcentury-modern design with art deco touches, Cormorant features bold lighting fixtures, geometric wall art and wallpaper designs, and two vibrant pop-art murals from local artist Vango. The exterior of the property evokes a fresh take on the local lifestyle, while the interior reflects the history of the coastal town. With dynamic energy and sophisticated design, this idyllic oasis offers a relaxed version of La Jolla luxury and is a welcome addition to the town's more classic hotels, fit for all ages to experience.

Cormorant comprises 26 chic guestrooms, 22 of which have private balconies offering expansive palm-lined views of the Pacific Ocean. Each room features a soft neutral color palette blended with ocean-tone hues, carpet inspired by abstracted barnacles and sand-colored woodwork. The spaces are adorned with Cormorant-inspired art that pays homage to these majestic birds, which are found nesting in the La Jolla bluffs below. Custom built-in furniture, luxury mattresses and specialty amenities like Nespresso machines, digital room service, keyless entry and valet parking enhance the unique seaside experience. Guests can also reap the benefits of exercising in a world-class gym with a complimentary gym pass to Life Time La Jolla, located one block from the hotel.


Birdseye, the hotel's rooftop restaurant and bar led by chef Luciano Scagliarini, offers a "bird's-eye view" of La Jolla's shores and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, serving modern coastal cuisine with flavors from Argentina and Baja California. Signature menu items include Beef and Corn Empanadas served with chimichurri sauce (chef's family recipe), tempura-battered Shrimp Tacos, Carnitas Eggs Benedict topped with avocado hollandaise, and a Cormorant Teal cocktail made with coconut cream, pandan, rum and tropical fruit juices. Bringing a fresh and hip ambiance, Birdseye is accessed through an outdoor alleyway decorated with a pop-art mural and living plant wall, inviting guests to ascend above the bluffs and sip a cocktail while watching the sun set over the ocean.

The property is also home to Prospect Market, an upscale grab-and-go marketplace featuring fresh juices, snacks and beverages, along with souvenirs from local businesses. This venue pays homage to the property's origins as the only market in La Jolla Village in the 1940s. Guests can grab a bottle of wine and a charcuterie board to enjoy on the market's balcony or pick up a picnic lunch to take to the beach.

Cormorant offers a prime oceanside venue for corporate and social functions, from corporate meetings to holiday parties and weddings. Birdseye's intimate rooftop terrace can accommodate groups of up to 50 guests. The hotel is also available for full buyouts to create the ultimate oceanside retreat.

With a premier location in La Jolla's Torrey Pines area, Cormorant is set on a dramatic seven-mile stretch of sunny coastline and offers easy access to the famous La Jolla Cove, dozens of boutique shops, art galleries and restaurants in The Village, and the cliff-top Torrey Pines PGA course. Guests have convenient access to a range of year-round recreational activities such as hiking, kayaking, sailing and whale watching. The hotel is also a short drive away from world-class attractions like the San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld, Balboa Park and La Jolla Playhouse.

‘A global celebration for creating community’: Bird Rock to host Jane’s Walk down La Jolla Boulevard

San Diego’s first Jane’s Walk — a way to celebrate community — will come to Bird Rock on Saturday, May 7, when a group will travel the neighborhood’s main thoroughfare, La Jolla Boulevard.Walkers will meet at 10 a.m. at La Jolla Hermosa Park and make their way to Calumet Park.Jane’s Walk, named for late writer and urbanist Jane Jacobs (1916-2006), is a movement of free, resident-led walks that encourage people to share stories about their neighborhoods, discover unseen aspects of their commun...

San Diego’s first Jane’s Walk — a way to celebrate community — will come to Bird Rock on Saturday, May 7, when a group will travel the neighborhood’s main thoroughfare, La Jolla Boulevard.

Walkers will meet at 10 a.m. at La Jolla Hermosa Park and make their way to Calumet Park.

Jane’s Walk, named for late writer and urbanist Jane Jacobs (1916-2006), is a movement of free, resident-led walks that encourage people to share stories about their neighborhoods, discover unseen aspects of their communities and use walking as a way to connect with their neighbors, according to the Jane’s Walk organization, which was founded in Toronto in 2006 by a group of Jacobs’ friends and colleagues and now inspires walks worldwide.

“It’s a global celebration for creating community by walking your streets,” said Bird Rock resident Mimi Sells, who is organizing the May 7 walk. “I’ve been interested in how you create communities for a number of years. When we moved to Bird Rock three years ago, we noticed how many empty storefronts there were and we thought about how to bring some life into the community.”

She said part of the purpose of the Jane’s Walk is to have community members look at those empty storefronts and dream of what could go there. She also would like people to think about the community’s needs and assets, appreciate the coastal overlooks and take a deeper look at the trees along the street.

“The real idea is to get people to talk to each other and share ideas,” she said. “And maybe inspire other areas of La Jolla and San Diego to do the same thing.”

When Sells moved to Bird Rock, she wanted to participate in a Jane’s Walk but not necessarily organize one, she said. She looked for something near her home but couldn’t find one.

“Jane’s Walks are all over the world; there are ones in India and Portugal, but none in San Diego,” Sells said. So she decided to start in her own backyard.

“We have the beautiful neighborhood,” she said. “Bird Rock feels like a mini community with a charming shopping district, family-oriented, beach overlooks. That’s what creates this sense of safety and happiness ... seeing other people enjoy the neighborhood. I love it here and I love to share it with people.”

Bird Rock Community Council member Arianna Opsvig agrees.

“I think Bird Rock is unique in so many ways and is such a wonderful place for a Jane’s Walk,” she said. “We have a pleasant setting to walk in, it’s not a challenging walk. We have a variety of architectural styles, the beaches, and the gardens are coming alive right now. There is so much beauty in our community.

“Beyond that, there is so much for people to notice on the boulevard. There are businesses we might have passed but never visited, houses we might not have noticed. We have a mix of residential and merchants, so there is so much to see in a small little area.”

Opsvig is working with Bird Rock Elementary School to reach out to its parents.

“This is an opportunity for folks to meet each other and for kids to meet each other,” she said. “I think we haven’t had the opportunity to bring people out and together again in the community in so long. This can jump-start getting people out and about to connect with each other. That’s what got me excited about it.”

There is no fee to join the walk, and registration is not required. Additional details will be posted as they become available at ◆


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